PSN in ‘final stages of testing’, new attack rumored

Sony appears on the verge of launching the rebuilt, more secure version of PlayStation Network, it’s writing on the PS Blog. According to public voice Patrick Seybold, the company is now in the “final stages of internal testing of the new system, an important step towards restoring PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.”

No precise timing was shared, just that: “It’s our top priority to ensure your data is safe when you begin using the services again.”

A separate message from CEO Howard Stringer assures though that services will be coming back online “in the coming days,” which falls in line with previous promises.

During that time however, Sony may be facing a few distractions should rumors of a new planned attack pan out. According to CNET, one could be expected over this very weekend.

A group of hackers not pleased with Sony’s handling of the breach are believed to take a swing at Sony’s website and publicize some or all of the information found. That could mean names, credit card numbers, and addresses. According to the CNET source who allegedly witnessed the planning in an IRC chat room, the group already has access to some of Sony’s servers.